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Dec 11, 2012 8:00pm EST
narrative in syria. it was hosted in aleppo. aleppo was the perfect choice because it is arguably the most populated city in syria, it is in northern syria. there is a local part of the city, the countryside as well. the countryside and the city make up the government -- [inaudible] of syria. all of the perl -- the 70% of the cities have been stripped away. the first enacted in the cities is i was hosted by veteran prerevolutionary [inaudible] , that is eerie and citizens going to get it to do what they can. the first thing we did it to her. most of the shops were closed down. to be honest with you, -- by the way, i am using aleppo is a case in point. to be honest, i thought that i would need -- [inaudible] we were very le we were very lesson and surprised. the operation we encountered was a lot more sophisticated than i thought. they held elections. the chairman was a highly educated person with a phd, doctor [inaudible name]. they also started the committee on the local administration and the committee on finance making sure that every penny is accounted for. we are working on a num
Dec 14, 2012 2:30am PST
witnessed firsthand the tough fighting still being waged in the larger city of aleppo. >> reporter: the syrian regime appears to be cracking but the rebels remain outgun and unable to protect civilians, especially in aleppo. an ancient once-bustling city the size of chicago. we followed a rebel fighter. we're going to go to one of your sniper positions. he runs across intersections exposed to government fire and joins his unit. they peek around corners, fire at government soldiers. and shout insults at them. "i joined this revolt because of the tyranny and for religion, because for 40 years we have been oppressed" says this sniper, who painted furniture before the war. the fighting has left this once beautiful city devastated. historic mosques destroyed, bread lines, gas shortages, power outages. this was one of the only hospitals residents say available to the opposition. now that it's been destroyed, the rebels could only provide the most basic of first aid for their wounded. this clinic operates in secret. it, too, could be bombed. nurses change bannedages by flashlight. medical supp
Dec 27, 2012 6:30pm PST
fight. >> that approach was apparent in aleppo and other syrian cities. the rebels were able to take control of much of syria's largest city. their forces are now better armed and organized, but they have also been gaining growing support from islamist militants. >> we are seeing that foreign- controlled medical groups with islamist aims are well-equipped, well-organized, and they are leading the fight on the ground in some cases. for instance, they have succeeded in capturing surface- to-air missiles from the syrian government, which has spoken of the assad regime's aerial supremacy somewhat. >> government troops have been feeling the pressure and have hit back even harder. there are reports the regime has even considered using chemical weapons. the fighting also spread to neighboring turkey, prompting nato to agree to set up patriot missiles along the country's border with germany supplying some personnel. peaceful rallies like this one last year are few and far between. the two sides have stopped talking. >> for the rebels, the only solution is a complete transfer of power. after
Dec 30, 2012 2:00pm PST
volunteers to provide food and shelter. one person has just arrived from callaspo -- aleppo with a vague plan to find his brother. >> they were bombing the houses. we cannot stay. >> the journey is very dangerous. there are bad conditions. been at this time of year, it can be very rough. more than 20 rounds. -- drowned. taken out of the sea, freezing cold, by coast guard. but there is no answer. he seems very confused about what to do next. he knows almost nobody in the city and does not speak the language. >> yesterday and tomorrow. just in case the heels of news -- hear some news. >> there are syrian families crowded in basements. this is not what they had hoped it would be. >> they will try to keep going, no matter how ill-prepared they are to receive them. >> continuing demonstrations. and 30 years on. a murder. >> hello, again. it is just one system after another one. taking a look at the satellite picture, this is going into the eastern parts of canada. it was certainly a lot of snow. there is another weather system working its way across the rockies. there is winter weather as we
Dec 30, 2012 5:30am PST
able to make a decisive victory, particularly in aleppo. they have not been able to take control or return the tide in regards to the gains made. right now, what we're going to see is further tragedy, the humanitarian plight in the country, more casualties, and since yesterday, we have seen them stepping up their operations as strikes get underway on the outskirts of damascus, basically everywhere in the country. we're talking about huge casualties here today across the country. >> thank you so much. brahimi, the arab league on voice as as it gets worse, they are looking at others. >> there are four million people in syria in desperate condition. 2 million displaced and another 2 million may not have left their homes and villages but they lack even the most basic necessities. they are not a number. they're human beings. men, women. there are also half a million refugees, most of them in jordan and turkey. you feel ashamed standing in front of them try to tell them is that will give hope. >> thousands fleeing are going to greece. >> the emigrants' washing ashore are now struggling wi
Dec 9, 2012 6:30pm EST
aleppo. >> reporter: the people are stuffering, but also showing a tremendous amount of resilience, this house was bombed by mistake, the people who lived here lived next to a rebel commander. now they're homeless. but aside from the damage, and there is extensive damage in this part of syria, just on the outskirts of the city of aleppo, there's also tremendous economic difficulties. the syrian currency is worth about half of what it was when this war started. a loaf of bread costs about -- despite all of that, the rebels are making advances, they are pushing on to president assad's military bases, surrounding his military bases. that's no hope here for a diplomatic solution, the rebels don't want one, they say the only solution they will accept is a military victory. >>> tonight defense officials fell our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski that a u.s. navy s.e.a.l. was killed during the rescue operation of an american doctor in afghanistan. his name has not been released. it happened during a raids to save dr. dill let joseph. the military says the operation was ordered after intel
Dec 10, 2012 2:30am PST
inside syria and filed this report just outside of the nation's largest city, aleppo. >> reporter: as this conflict drags on the people are suffering, but also showing a tremendous amount of resilience. this house was bombed by mistake. the people who lived here lived next to a rebel commander. now they're homeless. aside from the damage, and there is extensive damage in this part of syria just on the outskirts of the city of aleppo, there are also tremendous economic difficulties. the syrian currency is now worth about half of what it was worth before this war started. a loaf of bread costs 20 times more than it did just a few months ago. fuel is in very short supply, and if you can find it, it is also very expensive. with you despite all of that the rebels are making advantages. they are pushing on to president bashar al assad's military bases surrounding his military bases. there's no hope here for a diplomatic solution. the rebels don't want one. they say the only solution they will accept is a military victory. >>> that amazes me the places that richard engel gets in, the stories
Dec 12, 2012 4:00pm PST
we look at a fighter jet. it has been doing circles around. >> back in aleppo, the sun has set, and the streets start to empty. the power was cut days ago. as night falls, the dark and damp consumer the city. the few who do remain outside are still queueing for bread. they have been shelled and shot at, and as winter set in, they are cold, hungry, and desperate. normal life has been suspended. families hunkered down on building sites and in empty schools. railings for a washing line. a classroom for all home. refugees in their own city, where children sleep by candlelight, huddled together by war. it is hard not to think that they, too, are under siege. >> a pretty desperate look at life inside of aleppo. the syrian opposition got a boost when they came together to recognize the syrian national coalition and the sole representative of the syrian people. good for more on what this means we can speak to richard hart, the president for the council on foreign relations. thank you for joining me. this is not going to do much when it comes to ousting assad. >> that is probably right. it d
Dec 14, 2012 2:00am PST
, rebels announced they made very important gains on the outskirts of the city of aleppo and the capital damascus. in aleppo they're reporting to have taken over a military base belonging to the regime and in damascus, they've taken over a military installation on the outside of that country's airport. that also links to the issue of outside support for the syrian regime, including russia which says it will stand by president bashar al assad despite comments yesterday from a senior russian official acknowledging that in fact president ais losing control of that country to the opposition. as you mentioned today, the united states sent a symbolic show of force to turkey and nato member along with the dutch government. they have now deployed patriotic missiles, a defense system that will include 400 american operators to work that system for the turkish government. lynn? >> ayman, thanks so much. >>> back here at home after taking herself out of the running as secretary of state, susan rice is keeping her eye on ball, meeting with the president at the white house today. on twitter l
Dec 2, 2012 2:00pm PST
rebels died today in aleppo as they were bombed by wash planes as they attacked civilian military positions. living in aleppo, their lives are constantly in danger. >> reporter: they home again, but they are cold and broke. and still in danger. about a third of the families who fled this neighborhood of aleppo have come back, only to find out that these streets are now on the front lines. if the regime can take the city, it will cut off the main artery for syrian forces in alepaleppo open a route to the airport. on a nearby hill top, the rebels used to control that as well but lost it a month ago. the battle lines here are constantly fluid and snipers are a constant threat. the front line is visible just through here and we can barely make out three bodies, the rebel fighters are telling us that there are two male and one female. there were five, they managed to extract two, but they can't reach the others. for the children here, gun fire has become background noise. this 12-year-old hardly notices, she says she's not afraid anymore. to start with, this little girl is also chatty,
Dec 15, 2012 10:00am EST
funding. they also have to operate in abnormal circumstances. there is aleppo the city and also the periphery. they make up the province. all of the periphery has been liberated. when i was in aleppo i missed the hustle and bustle of the city. the first thing i did their was i was hosted by the revolutionary transition. they come together into what they can to fill this void. we took a tour of the city. most of the shops where closed down. some were not. i wanted to find out that was trying to function as a transitional government structure. to be honest with you, i am using a lot though as a case in point. to be honest, i thought i was going to meet with simple people. the conflict has not yet come to an end. we were pleasantly surprised. the operation we encountered was a lot more specific than we thought. they held elections. the chairman was a highly educated person with a ph.d. in engineering from france. dick also started to all different committees. -- they also started 12 different committees. judiciary, committee on finance, and they were working on a number of products. i
Dec 20, 2012 5:00pm PST
and opposition forces are fighting for control of the capital damascus, the northern city of aleppo and other places. officials with the u.n. office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs say there's no more safe areas where people can take fuge. they need help to feed people an treat the sick. the u.n. officials have made similar appeals but this year member nations only contributed 60% of what they asked for. >>> government and opposition forces have taken their fights to the golan heights. u.n. peace keepers in the area monitor the cease-fire between syria and israel. the security council decided on wednesday to extend the forces mandate by another six months. commanders have rotated units of 50 self-defense personnel through the mission since 1996. they have been responsible for transportation and logistics. japanese government officials say they will pull sdf members back next month because they are worried about safety. their mission was scheduled to wrap up in the leersd . >>> the leaders of india have agreed to work together. india's prime minister met with representat
Nov 30, 2012 5:00pm PST
millions of people called aleppo home. tonight we are seeing many of the people return to this mess and it's not because the battle's over. it's for some other reason. you'll be surprised. arwa damon is one of the few journalists who is actually in syria reporting firsthand. we have her report coming up next on "ac 360." if you are one of the millions of men who have used androgel 1%, there's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low testosterone. androgel 1.62% is from the makers of the number one prescribed testosterone replacement therapy. it raises your testosterone levels, and... is concentrated, so you could use less gel. and with androgel 1.62%, you can save on your monthly prescription. [ male announcer ] dosing and application sites between these products differ. women and children should avoid contact with application sites. discontinue androgel and call your doctor if you see unexpected signs of early puberty in a child, or, signs in a woman which may include changes in body hair or a large increase in acne, possibly due to accidental exposure.
Dec 10, 2012 1:00pm PST
syria's largest city, "aleppo today." an underground tv channel broadcasting to a battle-scarred city. [ shelling ] >> we are the first or the only tv broadcast iing for aleppo. >> reporter: with its 24-hour slide show of the city in happier times "aleppo today" doesn't look like much but its news ticker is a vital source of information, say residents living in a city under siege. >> it's the local news, what's happening inside aleppo, on the streets, what's happening, the demonstration, the shell, the bombing. everything. >> reporter: the reports are prepared by refugees like ahmed, a former baker turned journalist. >> this one is 18 people was dead yesterday in aleppo and countryside. those are the names of the people who died in that neighborhood. >> reporter: "aleppo today" broadcasts from an undisclosed location in a country neighboring syria. why do you have to work outside of syria? >> for our safety. >> reporter: you have to be sneaky to put this out. >> you have to be sneaky, undercover. >> reporter: they send the signal to two other countries before hitting syria. how do you
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am PST
house to house in the country's largest city. that is aleppo, and that is where we find our arwa damon today. >> reporter: for two months the streets here have been a war zone. part of a bigger battle for control of aleppo, syria's largest city. this father of four is one of the rebel fighters here. this is our country, our homes that are being destroyed, he tells us. he used to sell thread. now he runs logistics for his unit. so what he is explaining to us is that this was street to street fighting, and it took his unit quite some time to advance and right now they have the tractor here because they're trying to clear out this road so that ambulances and vehicles can begin to move through. >> blankets hang across one alleyway to block government snipers' line of sight. the shooting is coming from there, the sniper, one of the fighters points out. they take us further forward. crawling through holes punched between buildings. they're just telling us that it's because of the snipers that they have to move through the various buildings like this. it's an urban version of first world war
Dec 26, 2012 11:00am PST
just south of aleppo, months of intense fighting has now come to a head. the rebels are using homemade rockets in their latest push to capture a key military base. it is near the aleppo damascus highway. we're seeing now more signs syrian president bashar al assad's regime is crumbling. in one of the highest level defections yet, the country's military police chief has abandoned his post to join the rebel army. this recording posted online. >> translator: i announce my defection from the regime and i'm joining the people's revolution because the syrian military has strayed from its core mission in protecting the homeland to become nothing but an armed gang that kill and destroy the cities and the villages. carrying out massacres against our innocent civilian population that came out demanding freedom and dignity. >> high level defection there. mohammed jamjoom joins me from beirut. we're hearing reports of how the rebels helped him make his escape to turkey. >> reporter: that's right, victor. the rebel free syrian army spokesperson we spoke with earlier in the day said it was
Dec 3, 2012 11:00am PST
killed inside this country, this is today alone. and aleppo still a major front in the conflict. troops are advancing for first time into an islamist held stronghold in northern aleppo. and as our senior international correspondent arwa damon explains, the city's combat zones are expanding each and every day. >> reporter: they are home again, but they are cold and broke and still in danger. about a third of the families who fled the neighborhood of aleppo have come back. only to find out that these streets are now on the front line lines. if the regime can retake the city, it can cut off the main artery for opposition forces in aleppo and reopen a route to the airport. on a nearby hill top, the neighborhood, the rebels used to control that as well, but lost it a month ago. the battle lines here are constantly fluid. and snipers are a constant threat. the front line is visible just through here. and we can barely make out three bodies. the rebel fighters are telling us that there are two male and one female. there were five. they managed to extract two, but they can't reach the others. f
Dec 6, 2012 12:00pm EST
presence. fighting has already ripped apart the country's largest city, aleppo. that's where arwa damon takes us through an exclusive look in parts of that city now turned into a war zone. >> reporter: aleppo's old city has not seen such devastation since occupied by the mongol invaders centuries ago. this mosque, for example, dates back to 1315. this is syria's rich cultural heritage, and now everywhere we look it's been scarred by war. once bustling, winding streets now a maze of ever shifting front lines. overhead the thundering of fighter jets. lodging for caravans down the aging rising ruins. for more than three millennium aleppo has been a crossroads for traders. we hurry through the courtyard of a traditional home. streets are strung across streets to block snipers line of site sight. a unit of fighters reports people's names and license plates. only those who have shops here are allowed through. abu says they're trying to clamp down on robberies. he says he shows us the list, the highlighted names have cleared out all their possessions. in one market a shop recently hit by army
Dec 5, 2012 9:00am PST
. >> exactly. >> thank you, michael. >>> they say living underground in aleppo, syria, is like living in a grave. we'll hear from a family that's caught in the middle of the violence. again? it's embarrassing it's embarrassing! we can see you carl. we can totally see you. come on you're better than this...all that prowling around. yeah, you're the king of the jungle. have you thought about going vegan carl? hahaha!! you know folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than antelope with night-vision goggles. nice! get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. social security are just numbers thinkin a budget.d... well, we worked hard for those benefits. we earned them. and if washington tries to cram decisions about the future... of these programs into a last minute budget deal... we'll all pay the price. aarp is fighting to protect seniors with responsible... solutions that strengthen medicare and... social security for generations to come. we can do better than a last minute deal... that would
Dec 4, 2012 1:00am PST
. arwa damon, one of the few western journalists inside syria right now. you have been to aleppo, where the assad regime has a chemical weapons plant. let's get perspective from the ground and start with the regime. what is it saying about this new u.s. intelligence and now new warnings from the united states all the way up to president obama about a red line on the use of chemical weapons? >> well, the regime has historically denied that it would use any sort of chemical weapons against its own population, but that is something of an empty promise, at least from the perspective of everyone we have been speaking to about this. many of those fighters that we talked on the ground do say they do believe the greater the stranglehold they have on regime forces in the city of aleppo grows, the greater the likelihood is that in a desperate attempt to somehow either regain control or wreak mass havoc on the population, the regime would not hesitate when it comes to employing these types of weapons. and of course, when it does come to chemical warfare, there is very little if anything anyone her
Dec 14, 2012 1:00am PST
shows no outward signs of backing down, however, and in hotspots like aleppo, civilians are still dying in the cross fire. now that act of incredible courage that was caught on tape. here is arwa damon's exclusive report. >> reporter: a fighter slithers across the street, his body covered. yards away a woman lies motionless. she's been shot by a sniper. her rescuer is not a relative, nor a neighbor. he's never met her. abdullah fahan is just 17. he knew he had to save the woman or die trying. when we met him later, he tells us -- "we had a feeling that she was still alive. we wanted to save her, to get her to a hospital." as he crawls closer, he can see her hand. her fingers shaking. "cover him! cover him," someone shouts. other fighters lay down cover fire. abdullah quickly ties the hose to her legs, but he's unable to retreat. "i said to myself, if i die, it's god's will that i die next to this woman," he tells us. finally, he makes a run for it, and the rebels drag the woman back. [ gunfire ] [ gunfire ] >> reporter: the woman and her son were walking right down the street there. reb
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Dec 11, 2012 12:00pm PST
was instrumental in securing the base near aleppo. the state department accused the group killing innocent civilians and attempting to hijack the syrian civil war. activists say this conflict led to the deaths of 40,000 people. today a series of explosions reportedly hurt or killed up to 20 more people but we cannot independently confirm. jennifer, the defense secretary panetta said syria may have backed off the use of chemical weapons, is that our understanding? >>reporter: remember, the pentagon never acknowledged the intelligence report that the components for sarin gas was mixed. officials spoke on background of the intelligence suggesting there were signs it was being ready for use but they would not give specifics about which seen base they had indicated was making the alleged preparations. today the defense secretary panetta on the way to middle east, backtracked. >> at this point the intelligence has leveled off. we have not seen anything new indicating any aggressive steps to move forward in that way. but we continue to monitor it closely. >>reporter: secretary of state h
Dec 12, 2012 9:00am PST
big army base outside of aleppo overtaken by rebels, these are the fighting forces with training in iraq, the jihadis are foreigners. it's a small component but making advances. the head of the opposition group is criticizing the u.s. for designating this rebel group as a terrorist force perhaps he doesn't want to be seen as a puppet of the united states. by the way, the u.s. is now inviting the head of the opposition, the political opposition to washington. it is a complication. i think rebels on the ground and the political opposition wished that the u.s. hadn't done it so soon. >> what does this mean for the people? >> well, for the -- i think the people, as we were hearing and i know you will speak with arwan damon this is a fighting force to thank for rebel advances and some are saying the u.s. shouldn't have done this. others are very worried that once the regime falls, who is going to want control? it's going to be the jihadist groups. we'll see. >> thank you, hala. >>> something triggered a new democracy and the movement against the assad regime and that's this. believable r
Dec 25, 2012 5:30am PST
reach everyone. iman is a mother of five. she came from aleppo with her husband and children, and they live in a cramped space for 2000 dollars a month. >> yesterday, we started talking, and they said this was not like what we know. things are tough over here. >> as christmas celebrations go on, and others try to enjoy it to the fullest, she tried to keep putting smiles on faces. >> two firefighters in new york have been killed and two others injured after being ambushed by a convicted killer. they were lured by a fire started by the attacker, who committed suicide. >> firemen rushed to the scene to put out flames, but they are shot, with two dead and two seriously injured. >> we were assuming he was shooting from a high-ground advantage where he had barricaded or set himself up with weapons to shoot the innocence responders. >> the victims are michael chiapperini and tomasz kaczowka. this is the man that killed them, william spangler. police say he had a long criminal record. the killing of the fireman has been making headlines in the u.s. where the gun has killed the innocent. >> it
Dec 24, 2012 6:30pm PST
seized this base near aleppo. >> in afghanistan, a police officer shot dead five colleagues in a northern province. >> that officer has been detained. at least 52 members of the force have been killed this year by afghan foreign police. the egyptian commission is looking into allegations of fraud. it is expected to release storm tuesday. >> it did accused president morsi are driving this through without any input from secularists or christians. they claim almost two-thirds voted in favor, albeit in a low turnout. we're joined now in studio by an egyptian political scientist and author living in germany. what you think of the recent developments, especially the prospect of this new constitution? >> are not really disappointed because i know the realities in each of and democracy cannot be born overnight. we have many layers of dictatorship. we have military dictatorship, a religious dictatorship, and the people of egypt and uncover one layer after the next. >> egypt still remains hugely divided. what can we expect going up to the elections? >> parliamentary elections will still sh
Dec 20, 2012 5:30am PST
, and his ill sister. they escaped from homs, then to aleppo, and then elsewhere, only to find themselves in a refugee camp later. >> are regime is made of monsters, and not humans. they entered a nearby house and killed all of its 11 members in cold blood. later, they were laughing, drinking, and smoking weed. >> although he is a supporter of the rebels, he never held a gun because he cannot afford 1. he used to sell plastic bags in the street to make a living. they arrived here with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. they were displaced for almost a year before they escaped. they have no idea what happened to their house or their belongings in homs. he says the worst thing about his country's conflict is that it has made his family even poorer. >> we came here only to face more humiliation. this should be a lesson to all arab countries, not to start a revolution so people do not end up as refugees in another country. we did not expect our brothers to throw us in a desert without water or heat. >> they spend each passing day in uncertainty, not knowing when their displ
Dec 8, 2012 7:00am PST
. >>> life in syria turned upside down. we'll show you what the front lines in aleppo look like as the war there rages on. and if you're leaving the house right now, just a reminder, you can continue watching cnn from your mobile phone. you can also watch cnn live from your laptop. just go to well, if it isn't mr. margin. mr. margin? don't be modest, bob. you found a better way to pack a bowling ball. that was ups. and who called ups? you did, bob. i just asked a question. it takes a long time to pack a bowling ball. the last guy pitched more ball packers. but you... you consulted ups. you found a better way. that's logistics. that's margin. find out what else ups knows. i'll do that. you're on a roll. that's funny. i wasn't being funny, bob. i know. >>> in syria, more than 40,000 people have been killed since the fighting began 20 months ago. daily life has been replaced with the sound of bullets. and streets of aleppo have turned into a battleground. arwa damon has the details. >> reporter: for two months, the streets and allies have been a war zone. part of a bigger battle f
Dec 24, 2012 5:30am PST
northern city of aleppo rebel fighters say they captured a military base. russia's foreign minister says he received guarantees from president assad he will not use chemical weapons against rebels. >> i met president assad and we exchanged views on the next steps that can be taken to move forward. the president spoke of his viewpoint and i told of what i gathered from my many meetings i of that indifference cities and with various officials in the region and outside the region. we also discussed the steps i see it can be taken to help the syrian people come out of the crisis. the situation in syria remains of high concern and with the party's move of the direction of a solution that the people of this -- of syria aspire to. >> let's be to our correspondent on the border between turkey and syria. as you say, this is brahimi's third trip and the situation has gotten significantly worse since the last time. are we any further forward this time? >> we do not have the details of the meeting, in a sense we did not know exactly what ideas brahimi presented to the syrian president bashar al
Dec 3, 2012 12:00pm PST
troops who battled insurgents in aleppo. intelligence agencies from the u.s. and other countries say they've seen evidence in recent days that syria is moving chemical weapon components into combat areas. secretary of state hillary clinton has warned syria that using chemical weapons would bring action from the u.s. >>> the coast guard's small boat was rammed into another boat and one of the members died. his crew mate was treated for minor injuries. another coast guard stopped the other boat that was a smuggler boat and twos are detained. >>> prince william and his wife are expecting their first child, it was confirmed. tara moriarty has more on the future heir to the throne. >> the words are true. kate middleton is pregnant. the palace didn't what to release the good news this early but because the duchess was hospitalized with severe morning sickness, they decide to announcement. now, royals say kate was admitted to the hospital because of a severe case of morning sickness. kate will be hospital identificationed for several days and will require a period of rest theirafter. th
Dec 25, 2012 2:30pm PST
. the fighting continues to rage in other parts of the country. in the northern province of aleppo, rebels said they have shifted their strategy. they have been surrounding military bases and airports loyal to the regime, but the army has kept up the pressure. this unverified video is said to show a government attack on a suburb of damascus. it is relatively calm in the capital itself, but for the city's christian community, there is little festive spirit to be felt during the holiday. >> this christmas, i am praying for syria. you cannot feel the christmas atmosphere this year. we hope next year will be better. >> security concerns have put a damper on the celebrations, and midnight mass was rescheduled for the afternoon. christians there said they prayed for peace in their city. >> now, reports from cassocks and say that a military transport plane has crashed in the south of the country, killing at least 27 people -- reports from kazakhstan. the plane disappeared from radar as it was about to make its descent. the plan reportedly belonged to the country's national security servic
Dec 30, 2012 4:00pm PST
volunteers who provide food and shelter the this is ahmed, who has just arrived from aleppo with a vague plan to find his brothner athens. >> our life is destroyed in syria. we cannot stay in syria. the war airplanes float in the sky and bombing the houses, we cannot stay in syria. >> the turkish mainland is not far behind me. it's not far away but the journey is very dangerous. the boats supplied by people smugglers are often old and in bad condition, and at this time be year the seas could be very rough. not everyone makes it across. these were afghanis. more than 20 drowned. here is the only survivor, who was fished half-dead and freezing cold out of the sea by greek coast guards. now trying to call friends and family to tell them he's alive. but there is no answer. he's receiving counseling, but he seems very confused about what to do next. meanwhile, more and more syrians are arriving in agent tens, like adil, who knows almost nobody in this city and speaks no greek. he says he ran away from the government army. >> every day, like yesterday and tomorrow, all i do is wake, slee
Dec 16, 2012 6:00pm PST
they won a key battle taking an infant ree base in aleppo, the country's largest city. more than 40,000 syrians have been killed since an uprise-- uprising against president bashar assad began 21 months ago. and in egypt voters in the first round of ballotting have approved a new draft constitution. there is another round of voting next weekend. and allen pizzey is in cairo. >> protestors are still camped out in tahrir square but the chanting is on hold. early resultses from the first round of the constitutional referendum show a farrow lead for the ruling party. the turnout was solid and the atmosphere serious. though opposition reporters say some they were obstructed. polling booths had to stay open 4 years after closing time. the issues are complex and to understand them all egyptians would have to wade through a 63 page document. but once they are in the polling booth, voters are presented with a simple choice, agree or disagree. criticism that the new islamist oriented constitution tramples on women's rights didn't bother voter umm mohammed. >> every egyptian who is loyal to
Dec 10, 2012 2:00am PST
aleppo, the country's commercial capital. after that, damascus. richard engel, nfc news. >>> this morning latin music fans around the world are lourng the death of jenny rivera. the 43-year-old grammy nominee and six others died early sunday when their small plane crashed in rough terrain in northern mexico. she performed a concert inman tore ray hours before the plane took off. the leer jet reportedly lost contact with air traffic controllers before takeoff. her brother said the family is devastated. >>> josh brent is out of jail on bond of half a million after the death of teammate jerry brown. brent was freed yesterday after being charged with intoxication manslaughter in a vehicle accident early saturday. brent had a previous drunk driving arrest and faces up to 20 years in prison on this new charge. >>> here is your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. former house speaker newt gingrich believes hillary clinton would be nearly impossible to beat if she runs for president and democratic strategist james cargo says 90% of democrats want her to run in 2017. >
Dec 4, 2012 9:00am PST
base. arwa damon has this exclusive look at the siege. >> reporter: close to aleppo rebels have a strange hold on a sprawling military base. there's a red gate next to a stonewall and then right behind it is the wall that is the outer perimeter of the military academy. it's less than 100 meters away, some 330 feet. we quickly move to another vantage point in a building next door. commanding the lions of aleppo battalion. it's clashes, he says, nonchalantly. he used to be a tailor. since the uprising began he's been wounded four times, and detained three. the rebels don't have binoculars. so he uses a camera to zoom into the base and show us government positions. you can see a sandbag fighting position on the roof of one of the buildings inside. fighting has been fierce but the rebels are confident they have the upper hand. he uses a pool table to map out where government units are. in all, three rebel brigades surrounding the base, plus a militant islamist group. this part, the most dangerous, road to aleppo, he says. once we finish the academy the direct route to the north will b
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Dec 13, 2012 8:00am PST
the newsroom, we have a phoner from aleppo, syria. a friend of the show, we've talked to him before when he came back stateside is in aleppo right now, and he's going to tell us a little bit about what's happening on the ground. barak, can you describe what's happening in that city? >> basically, the rebels hold part of the city, and the regime holds the other part of the city, and the regime shells -- [inaudible] you hear jets in the sky. and it's very, very difficult right now for the civilians to lead a regular life. one man told me today he -- [inaudible] 20 days. people respect having, able to get their basic supplies they need. some buildings are just flooded with water. jenna: barak, you say you've talked to the rebels. can you tell us a little bit about who they are? >> well, there's a whole medley of rebels. you have some more islamist rebels, then you have -- [inaudible] categorized as terrorist organizations. most of the rebels, though, just want to rid themselves of bashar assad's regime which momentum give them opportunities or freedom. >> barak, one of the things we've
Dec 11, 2012 1:40am PST
the largest military bases outside the city of aleppo. american officials fear the likelihood of assad using chemical weapons is rising. they say they have proof they've been prepared. we went to meet a man who shares those fears. driving along a dark back country road near turkey's border with syria. he told us that until 2008, he was a chief of staff in the chemical weapons program. he said he worked on the defense side, in charge of preparing troops for dealing with attacks and safety equipment. what specific chemical weapons does the assad regime have? he said they have mustard gas, along with a highly toxic nerve agent, vx, sarin and tabun. the regime has started to fall and deteriorate, he argues. it's highly possible assad will start using chemical weapons to kill his own people. >> i think it's a last-ditch effort and one they don't want to use but are considering it. >> reporter: if the regime crumbles, the u.s. fears the weapons could be transferred to hezbollah or fall into groups like al qaeda. knowing what you do about the facilities, the security, do you worry that
Dec 12, 2012 11:00am PST
his own people. cnn's arwa damon is in aleppo and has been trying to get close to this plant, believed to be one of syria's largest chemical weapons factories. watch this. >> reporter: in most of these villages, we don't dare stop. while no longer fully controlled by the government, the regime's spies still lurk. and we're snaking our way towards a facility the government most certainly does not want us to see. a site that multiple sources on the ground say is where the assad regime produces chemical weapons. a place called the scientific research facility. to the southeast of aleppo lies the town of al safirah. on the outskirts, a sprawling factory. manufacturing anything from containers to long range missiles. this is as close as we can get before we hear an aircraft overhead, and quickly leave. to the southeast of that, according to our sources, is the scientific research facility. from here we can see the outer most perimeter of the general research facility. and the fighters are telling us that it is amongst the most heavily guarded areas where they're operating. the vil
Dec 22, 2012 2:00pm PST
willing to impose a no- fly zone in elbow -- aleppo. they will sit down commercial planes. they say they will not be responsible for the deaths of any passengers. a suicide bomber has attacked a political rally in northwest pakistan killing eight people including a minister. it also wanted more than 20 people. bashar was taken to the hospital after the attack and died of his wounds. the talent and has reclaimed we did have claimed responsibility. they will continue to target these groups. >> a suicide farmebomber attack. the attacker is said to have targeted the minister as he came out of a meeting. he was rushed to the hospital. he was convinced -- the efforts to save his life did not work. he did not make it. after the attack there was widespread condemnation. he had earned a reputation for being there whenever there was a suicide attack. he also what is strong action against a pakistani taliban. it did not come as a surprise when the taliban took responsibility for the assassination. >> indian police have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters in new delhi. they a
Dec 4, 2012 1:00pm PST
from aleppo is one of the main suspected places, a weapons manufacturing facility that fighters are telling us is one of the areas that the regime is focusing on defending and is one of the areas where there are great suspicions and some intel saying that is perhaps one of the sites that the regime is in fact experimenting when it comes to chemical weapons. so people are terrified that that could be an option if the regime chooses to undertake. >> we know you've been following the standoff between the regime and a base surrounded by rebel forces. i want to play this report that you filed. >> reporter: close to aleppo, the rebels have a stronglehold on a sprawling military base. there's a red gate next to a stone wall. right behind it is the wall that is the outer perimeter of the military academy. it's less than 100 meters away, some 330 feet. [ gunfire ] we quickly move to another vantage point in the building next door. "it's clashes," he says. he used to be a tailor. since the uprising began, he's been wounded four times and detained three. the rebels don't have binoculars, so he
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